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So bad, even Preston Claiborne walked a guy

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes

As you might suspect, four singles was not enough offense for the Yankees to win tonight. All things considered — how little their offense produced, how rocky their starting pitcher was — the Yankees kept it close for a while, but close didn’t mean much in a 5-2 loss to the A’s. Having built some momentum just last week, the Yankees are now a loss away from being swept. Not surprisingly, one hit in the first five innings did nothing to put the Yankees on the board. One hit in the sixth did help produce a run (with help from a walk and a sac fly), and one hit in the seventh led to another run (with a hit by pitch and a wild pitch). Problem was, that was the extent of the Yankees offense after a two-out walk and single went nowhere in the ninth. Starter Phil Hughes had a Phil Hughes start. There were moments when he made some fine pitches, got some strikeouts and got out of some trouble. There were other moments when he walked too many batters and gave up a two-run homer. For the fifth time this season – two of which were his first two starts of the year – Hughes failed to pitch out of the fifth inning. He allowed three runs with five walks through 4.1 innings. Two of those runs came on the first of two homers by Brandon Moss. The second Moss homer came as part of a two-run eighth inning against Joba Chamberlain. Oh, and Preston Claiborne walked a batter for the first time in his big league career. It was that kind of night.

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29 Responses to “So bad, even Preston Claiborne walked a guy”

  1. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:16 am

    The A’s worked the count. The Yankees didn’t.

  2. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:16 am

    It’s time fellas. If the Yankees were smart they’d lock up Hughes to an extension right now. They need this guy for the future. Trade Phelps. Trade Nova. Trade anyone but Hughes.

  3. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:17 am

    4 years 50 million seems about right for Hughes. Get r done Cash

  4. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    A lot of starters in their first 2 full seasons have high e.r.a.s

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 13th, 2013 at 1:21 am

    JB – :)

    I really don’t need you to analyze me, especially because you couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe what you’re saying works for southern girls and they way they operate, but it doesn’t work for me.

    I absolutely don’t need you to tell me who I am. You know nothing about me other than what you read on a message forum. You were ridden out of here on a rail because of your alleged sexism, so I don’t necessarily trust your standards when it comes to recommending how women should respond. No offense.

    If someone constantly hits at me, they get it back. The law of the jungle. If you’re bothered by it, don’t read the posts. Truly, I don’t need your help. My life is really successful and extremely happy. Don’t be thrown by what you see me say here. I sleep well at night. The people who spar with me are nothing but screen names on the internet. Therefore, it’s totally an exercise in verbal sparring. It takes nothing out of me psychically. However, having faceless screen-named posters think that they can use me for a punching bag just isn’t happening! Easy peasy.

    So now just let it be. It really doesn’t concern you and I think you’re really pretty sharp with nutrition, not so much with psychoanalysis. ;)

  6. tucker June 13th, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Yanks rank No. 12 out of 15 teams in both OBP and OPS+ and 10th in runs scored.

    That’s a bad offense.

  7. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Trisha I left you a note on the last page.

  8. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Hughes didn’t have much control and his fastball was at 90 most of the game. I hope it’s nothing.

  9. Nick in SF June 13th, 2013 at 1:29 am

    OldSchool, check your twitter and reply fast if you haven’t entered Bart yet!

  10. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    NOW PITCHING FOR THE DODGERS-ERS-ERS-ERS-ERS

    NUMBER ZERO-O-O-O-O

    PHIL HUGHES-HUGHES-HUGHES

  11. Tyler June 13th, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Hughes just didn’t have anything tonight. Tried to battle but this was a tough one. I still think Yankee pitching is fine for October. Kuroda-CC-Pettite-Phelps/Pineda can win you some games. It’s the lineup that is going to be the downfall of this team unless they make some moves. Just like last year.

  12. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    He did nothing at last year’s trade deadline followed by nothing at the winter meetings. It’s truly amazing. Can he not read this team or can he not do anything regardless?

  13. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:36 am

    We can’t count on Pineda yet. When he pitches and pitches well then he can help.

  14. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Hopefull Kuroda shakes off his last 2 starts and pitches a gem today

  15. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Ok, fine then.

    Kuroda-CC-Pettitte-Phelps-Nova

    With Nuno, Warren and Pineda on call.

  16. Tyler June 13th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Can he not read this team or can he not do anything regardless?
    ————————————————————————-

    I think Cash is pretty limited in what he can do by those above him. It’s why I think they would be better off seeing what Neal and Musty can give them from the system. I’d love for them to just get rid of Wells because I think he’s done but I can’t see them taking any type of financial hti on that. It’s the new Yankees.

  17. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Maybe they could move Wells in an Ethier deal.

  18. Tyler June 13th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:36 am
    We can’t count on Pineda yet. When he pitches and pitches well then he can help.
    ——————————————————————————-

    That’s why I had Phelps in the 4th spot with Pineda as a postseason wildcard depending on what you said above. I’m not giving up on Hughes but I wonder if he wouldn’t be so much better off coming out of the ‘pen. Of course, this all depends on actually getting there.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 13th, 2013 at 1:44 am

    JB – read your post and I appreciate the feedback. I think it’s probably time for a little vacation from lohud. The time things get most acrimonious around here is when the Yankees are on a losing streak. That seems to bring out the worst in some of the posters and they become antagonistic toward anyone who doesn’t share their total disdain for the Yankees.

    Anyway, I like you too, truly. And I know you, mick, tomingeorgia will continue to keep the faith in the face of some not very good times.

    I’ll be back at some point.

    :)

  20. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I’ll put Hughes over Nova. Phelps has been pitching well. He’s bending but not breaking yet. His pickoffs have helped him.

  21. tucker June 13th, 2013 at 1:48 am

    It’s hard to see a way out of the Yanks’ offensive malaise. The AA prospects aren’t really banging on the door, and Hal and Co. don’t seem willing to invest in multi-year contracts. Injuries hurt, sure, but many here have predicted a steady decline in offensive output.

  22. MattPat11 June 13th, 2013 at 1:49 am

    It really does get exhausting watching Hughes and Chamberlain stick at this level of mediocrity year after year

  23. igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Tyler June 13th, 2013 at 1:41 am
    igotid88 June 13th, 2013 at 1:36 am
    We can’t count on Pineda yet. When he pitches and pitches well then he can help.
    ——————————————————————————-

    That’s why I had Phelps in the 4th spot with Pineda as a postseason wildcard depending on what you said above. I’m not giving up on Hughes but I wonder if he wouldn’t be so much better off coming out of the ‘pen. Of course, this all depends on actually getting there.
    ——

    I still believe just from past experiences he will have a good year. Barring injury or a total meltdown. Hughes will pitch good most of the season. I’ve looked at some starters first 2 or 3 full seasons. And some pitchers we covet or have in our rotation now have had high eras their first couple of years.

  24. theREALkevin June 13th, 2013 at 1:57 am

    The problem is that the Yankees are basically the same team as last year, only everyone is even older now. They basically went out feebly in the playoffs last season due to their anemic offense and the problem hasn’t been fixed. The acquisitions that have been made have not addressed the old and listless lineup whose problems are magnified even more come playoff time (which is frightening considering how bad they’ve been in the regular season). And now the team can’t even walk and get on base at an acceptable rate. Unfortunately, I think the Yankees are just playing for the regular season again this year and have little to no chance at winning a pennant. I realize losing Jeter is a significant blow but even he is at an extremely advanced age and you can’t expect him to keep hitting .300 forever. His leadership and intangibles are missed but you have to build a roster that can withstand injuries, even to key players, and the Yankees simply have not done that.

  25. UnKnown June 13th, 2013 at 2:11 am

    YEEEEEEEES!!!

    Now about that offense…

  26. theREALkevin June 13th, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Keep an eye on 14th round pick Caleb Smith. I am a bit surprised he decided to sign, because he could have returned for his senior year and improved his stock quite a bit I think. His stuff could argue for a higher round than 14th even this year, but he has struggled mightily with walks (60 in 89 IP this season). I also don’t love his delivery. But, he has a low 90s FB and his changeup has potential. Maybe he will end up in the bullpen, but hopefully he can clean up the walks issue because there is talent there. I think for 14th round it was great value.

  27. theREALkevin June 13th, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Smith is also lefty by the way

  28. Rich in NJ June 13th, 2013 at 2:19 am

    What Kevin said.

    Sure, they have injuries, but there have been flashing red warning signs that the offense was vulnerable to a decline for several years. Yet no young bats have been added either through the system or trades.

    Adams shows some promise, but then encounters the type is adjustment period that most young players do, and he gets buried, yet aging vets are permitted to play even though they are horrible. That hardly is a sign that they will ever show young players sufficient patience to develop if they struggle.

    If this is the best product that $230m can buy, then I don’t see how anyone can say that the team has been run as well as it can be.

  29. UnKnown June 13th, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Let’s get a win tomorrow and salvage this series. We beat the King on Sunday so we kind of had an extra win in the piggy bank. Lost that this series. We win tomorrow take 2 out of 3 this weekend and finish with 6 wins on the West Coast swing. Not great, but definitely not awful. I would say acceptable. BTW, the Halos might look bad but will play us extremely tough. You can book that.

    At some point the Bostonians will have to come back down to earth. They are not going to maintain the winning pace of 99 wins this season. No chance.

    Also, tomorrow last chance for the Yankee fans in OakTown to see MO. Got to get him a save!!


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